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Newmarket secure big win over Cantabrigian II in the Eastern Counties Greene King 1 West

Newmarket recorded a resounding 90-10 victory on the road at Cantabrigian II on Saturday.

The two teams appeared to be fairly evenly matched during the opening five minutes, but once Newmarket’s Freddie McKibben broke clear to score the first of his three tries, the visitors were well in command.

Thomas Clifton was on kicking duty and he converted the first of 10 conversions to set Newmarket on the right path.

RUGBY: Newmarket v Cottenham Newmarket Rugby team.Picture by Mark Westley. (21356138)
RUGBY: Newmarket v Cottenham Newmarket Rugby team.Picture by Mark Westley. (21356138)

Five minutes later Christophe DuPont scored, followed by Harry Robbins and then Gareth Denney, which meant that by the mid-point of the first half Newmarket were 28 points to the good.

However, two quickfire tries – both unconverted ­– from the hosts fired a warning to Newmarket regarding any complacency that may have started to creep in.

The away side soon got back on the scoring trail as Harry Robbins, with some novel play, racked up a swift hat-trick with tries in the 31st, 36th and 39th minutes to leave Newmarket 45-10 in front at half-time.

Head coach Martyn Wall made a number of changes to his team at the break but that did not hamper Newmarket's momentum.

Ed Rudge, who has stood on the touchline with injuries for so long, made his league debut for Newmarket and marked it with a try, although he was later forced off the pitch.

Another player that has had injury problems of late is club captain Matt Dyer, but he managed to dot down as a second-half replacement, while a couple of storming runs from Lex Brown saw him end the contest with a couple of tries alongside his name.

The one-sided victory has kept Newmarket second in the Eastern Counties Greene King 1 West standings, four points adrift of table-topping Cottenham Renegades.

Crucially, those two sides are set to face off on the final day of the first phase of the campaign on January 18.

More immediately, Newmarket are without a fixture this weekend, with their return to action scheduled for November 23 when they entertain Saffron Walden II (2pm).

The Essex-based side currently prop up the rest of the sides in the division having lost five of their six outings.